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by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What's the meaning of "life is duhhka"?
Replies: 6
Views: 93

Re: What's the meaning of "life is duhhka"?

The 'first noble truth' is indeed that of dukkha . But the second, third and fourth show that dukkha has a cause, and also an ending. The cause is explained in terms of tṛ́ṣṇā, thirst or craving (for sensory pleasures, for continued existence, or for ceasing from existing). The ending of dukkha is e...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ignorance of Ignorance
Replies: 0
Views: 52

Ignorance of Ignorance

I have quit posting on PhilosophyForum again - for a while at least. I tend to always gravitate to the spiritual side of philosophy, and in Western culture, that turns out to be mostly Christianised Greek philosophy which is anyway thoroughly out of fashion in the secular West. Of course one can dis...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 39
Views: 685

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

Maybe I'm on the right track here? I really don't think it's wise to try and blend or even compare Sean Carroll's knowledge of astrophysics with anything about Buddhism, as such. Sean Carroll is a very knowledgable scientist, but he is generally dismissive of anything that can't be described or und...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: On Buddhism and Nominalism
Replies: 57
Views: 5182

Re: On Buddhism and Nominalism

Thank you for the correction.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Quitting smoking
Replies: 19
Views: 254

Re: Quitting smoking

I was with you up to the last sentence. That is a truly poor idea. Anyway - used to smoke, spend years and years ‘giving up’ - nicotine patches and gum. You have to realise that it’s all in your mind. The trick I learned was that the craving to smoke a cigarette lasts about as long as it takes to sm...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: On Buddhism and Nominalism
Replies: 57
Views: 5182

Re: On Buddhism and Nominalism

Aemilius wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:06 pm
Where do you get that definition from?
here.
smcj wrote:There’s a story where the previous Kalu Rinpoche was told about Plato’s cave...
It seems an obvious analogy to spiritual illumination, although what Plato understood by that, seems very different to the Buddhist understanding.
by Wayfarer
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Is anyone able to read this script please?
Replies: 4
Views: 170

Re: Is anyone able to read this script please?

I can't, but it might be useful to include a thumbnail of the entire image from which it is taken, for interpretive purposes.
by Wayfarer
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the point of abusive gurus?
Replies: 93
Views: 3496

Re: What's the point of abusive gurus?

Thank you for making this post Malcolm.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 45
Views: 736

Re: proclaiming awakening

I’m a bit uncomfortable with the whole idea of ‘attainment’. Actually I borrowed a book from the library once, and although I don’t remember much about it, it had an aphorism in the flyleaf in some strange language, the translation of which was given as ‘the unattainable is attained by non-attainmen...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 45
Views: 736

Re: proclaiming awakening

Yet today, it seems that Buddhist teachers of all traditions (I am reasonably familiar with Vipassana and Zen teachers, less so of Tibetan teachers) are reluctant to talk about their attainments or that of their students. This seems counter-productive to me; i.e., why would one engage in a practice...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 26
Views: 380

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

Worth recalling that the very simplest of organisms are worlds more complex than anything in the inorganic realm. The fundamental attribute of any organism is to seek homeostasis - which nothing in inorganic nature does. I believe that anything living is, on that grounds, ontologically distinct fro...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 26
Views: 380

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

The point being that Slime Mould Soup requires the death of beings with consciousness. Of course Chicken Soup requires the death of beings with eyes. So its much worserer. So, would it somehow be morally better if we snuck up on the chicken and got it before it could see us? I had the idea that was...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: On Buddhism and Nominalism
Replies: 57
Views: 5182

Re: On Buddhism and Nominalism

Thanks for the tip. For anyone reading: parikalpita (Sanskrit). The ‘imagined’, one of the three natures (tri-svabhāva) according to Yogācāra philosophy. It denotes the unreal (parikalpita) duality of a perceiving subject and perceived objects that has been projected onto reality by the dependent na...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 26
Views: 380

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

yes I'll bear that in mind next time I prepare Slime Mould Soup. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 26
Views: 380

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

Worth recalling that the very simplest of organisms are worlds more complex than anything in the inorganic realm. The fundamental attribute of any organism is to seek homeostasis - which nothing in inorganic nature does. I believe that anything living is, on that grounds, ontologically distinct from...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 118
Views: 2241

Re: Football World Cup.

I think while we're waiting for the action to start, and in light of England's honourable defeat, it might do us all good to watch the Philosopher's Football Game, again. I know it's old but it still gets a laugh out of me whenever I watch it.

by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Article: Survival of the Richest
Replies: 5
Views: 227

Re: Article: Survival of the Richest

that's a good article. Inevitable in a culture dominated by Darwinian metaphors.
by Wayfarer
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 118
Views: 2241

Re: Football World Cup.

Aussie rules can be a great game to watch live. The first game I was taken to, aged about twelve, it was a freezing but sparkling Sydney winter day, big crowd at the SCG. The thing that struck me was first the amazing athleticism of the ‘high marks’, and how fast the game moved around the ground. I ...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 118
Views: 2241

Re: Football World Cup.

Actually I did know that Simon. I went to school in Scotland for a term or two, back in the day. The Scots were definitely, and defiantly, not English. And, as an Aussie, I have at least some understanding of the roundball game now, by dint of having brought up two sons who both started in Under Six...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Overcoming negativity and irritability
Replies: 4
Views: 203

Re: Overcoming negativity and irritability

Also try physical conditioning, like fitness, if you’re not already into it. I found in my twenties and thirties that long-distance jogging had a hugely beneficial effect on my emotional state - definitely increased equilibrium. As far as negativity goes - learn through mindfulness/detachment that n...

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